global warming http://michiganradio.org en What can Finnish moths tell us about climate change? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-finnish-moths-tell-us-about-climate-change <p></p><p>Today marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. Many consider April 22, 1970 to be the birth of the modern environmental movement.</p><p>At that time, Earth Day organizers had an advantage: The environmental problems were highly visible, tangible problems that people came up against in their daily lives, such as toxic effluent from factories spilled into streams and rivers. Kids couldn't swim in lakes and rivers because they were too polluted.&nbsp; Parks and highways were strewn with trash and air pollution made people sick.</p><p>You could draw a direct connection between these problems and the need for environmental action to improve the quality of life for everyone.</p><p>Many of today's biggest environmental concerns seem more abstract even though they are perhaps even more threatening than the burning river in Cleveland. Global warming is one example.</p><p>That's why a study by our next guest caught our eye. He found that what is happening to moths in Finnish Lapland suggests that we're underestimating the impacts of climate change because much of the harm is hidden from view.</p><p>Mark Hunter is a professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:17:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 17314 at http://michiganradio.org What can Finnish moths tell us about climate change? Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-public-less-supportive-state-efforts-combat-climate-change <p>A new poll shows less support for states, including Michigan, to take steps to combat climate change.</p><p></p><p>The University of Michigan’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy asked people whether their state governments should adopt policies to deal with climate change, for example reducing greenhouse gas emissions.</p><p></p><p>In 2008, U of M researchers found strong support. In 2013, the support for state action had eroded.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16943 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: Public less supportive of state efforts to combat climate change Student captures video of Lake Michigan ice with a drone and a GoPro camera http://michiganradio.org/post/student-captures-video-lake-michigan-ice-drone-and-gopro-camera <p>Spend a little over a thousand bucks and you too could capture some images that will grab the attention of your local TV station.</p><p>WZZM-TV&nbsp;in West Michigan featured a story about Hope College sophomore Jeff Zita.</p><p>Zita was curious about the ice forming on the lake and sent up his chopper. Here's the news segment (Click <a href="http://www.wzzm13.com/news/regional/278688/5/Students-drone-captures-images-of-Lake-Mich-ice">here </a>if you can't see the video):</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 17:16:21 +0000 Mark Brush 16110 at http://michiganradio.org Student captures video of Lake Michigan ice with a drone and a GoPro camera Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-extreme-cold-weather-be-tied-warming-climate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The temperatures certainly are extreme. Last night, it was colder in Michigan than it was at the South Pole.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Parts of the state saw temperatures reach 16 below zero with wind chills exceeding 40 below zero.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The "polar vortex" has brought air to the Midwest that normally stays way up in the arctic.</span></p><p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:56:38 +0000 Mark Brush 15905 at http://michiganradio.org Could the extreme cold weather be tied to a warming climate? Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires http://michiganradio.org/post/report-finds-michigan-top-ten-smoke-wildfires <p>Michigan may not have a big problem with wild fires, but <a href="http://www.nrdc.org/health/impacts-of-wildfire-smoke/files/wildfire-smoke-IB.pdf">a new report</a> claims Michigan does have a major problem with wildfire smoke.</p><p>The Natural Resources Defense Council is out with a report ranking Michigan seventh on a list of states with the most days with wildfire smoke in the air.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 17:22:30 +0000 Steve Carmody 14995 at http://michiganradio.org Report finds Michigan is in the top ten for smoke from wildfires Warming climate leading to heavier rains in region http://michiganradio.org/post/warming-climate-leading-heavier-rains-region <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This past summer brought us challenging days in terms of heavy rain, thunderstorms, and sewers unable to handle the fast and furious downpours.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And that is giving scientists cause for concern.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr </span>Larissa Larsen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is an associate professor in the </span>Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan and she joined us in the studio.</p><p><i>Listen to the audio above.</i></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:43:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 14712 at http://michiganradio.org Warming climate leading to heavier rains in region With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-climate-michigan-might-experience-more-heat-waves-and-other-health-concerns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you are not a fan of hot weather, this is not a week you're going to enjoy. Temperatures will be in the </span>90s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the high humidity means it's going to feel like it's over 100 all week long.</span></p><p>Weather and public health experts tell us we in Michigan had better get used to heat waves like this, because this is our future, and that is raising many health concerns.</p><p>The current issue of <em><a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/">Hour Detroit</a></em> has a story that looks at what those health concerns are: it's called <a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/July-2013/Warning-on-Warming/">"Warning on Warming”</a> by Ilene Wolff.</p><p>She joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 21:35:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13541 at http://michiganradio.org With changing climate, Michigan might experience more heat waves and other health concerns Michigan videographer heads to Greenland this summer to document global warming http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-videographer-heads-greenland-summer-document-global-warming <p>A Midland, Michigan man is packing for quite a summer trip.</p><p>Peter Sinclair is a videographer. He and his camera will join a team of scientists and Rolling Stone writer Bill McKibbin for a trip to Greenland.</p><p>Why Greenland, you ask? Because they believe that's where global warming and the soot and pollutants we're pumping into the atmosphere are eating away at the glaciers. The team wants to do more research into this glacial melting and Peter Sinclair is going to record their efforts.</p><p>Peter Sinclair joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:44:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 13497 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan videographer heads to Greenland this summer to document global warming Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-11th-2013 <p>Michigan's home foreclosure rate is falling and our state is certainly no longer number one in foreclosures in the country. We found out why on today's show.</p><p>And, Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry joined us to take a look at how your state lawmakers are spending their summer recess.</p><p>And, a Michigan videographer is heading to Greenland to document the effects of pollution on glaciers for a project called “Dark Snow.”</p><p>Also, we spoke with the father of a 12-year-old Ohio State fan who found a creative way to use the rivalry between OSU and U of M to help him beat brain cancer.</p><p>And, Scott DeRue, who teaches at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, joined us to talk about his recent climb to the summit of Mount Everest.</p><p>First on the show, it’s Thursday which means it’s the time we turn to Daniel Howes – Columnist at the Detroit News.</p><p>Today he took a look at Kevyn Orr and the meetings he had this week with Detroit’s creditors and bond holders.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:42:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 13500 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 11th, 2013 Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds http://michiganradio.org/post/report-climate-change-threatening-migratory-birds <p>Environmental groups say climate change is the biggest threat in the 21st century to migratory birds in the Great Lakes.</p><p></p><p>Every year, hundreds of migratory bird species pass through the Great Lakes region.</p><p>But a new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is reducing the range that these birds need to survive the journey.</p><p></p><p>The report says climate change is affecting where migratory birds can feed and raise their young.</p><p></p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:37:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 13108 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Climate change threatening migratory birds Belief in global warming is on the rise again http://michiganradio.org/post/belief-global-warming-rise-again <p>A new survey released by U of M's Ford School of Public Policy finds global warming is becoming more and more real to more and more Americans.</p><p>Barry Rabeis one of the authors of the study, and the director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy.</p><p>He talked with us about why more of us are believing in the reality of global warming.</p><p><em>Click the link above the to hear the whole interview.</em> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 22:01:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 11537 at http://michiganradio.org Belief in global warming is on the rise again Stateside: A morning jog in December, courtesy of global warming http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-morning-jog-december-courtesy-global-warming <p>It's December and joggers' shorts are still short.</p><p>Atypical high temperatures continue throughout the state, something Dr. Jeff Masters says is in line with a warming climate.</p><p>Masters, who co-founded the<a href="http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/show.html"> Weather Underground</a>, is reasonably concerned.</p><p>"It doesn't feel very right. We have seen a number of winter-time thunderstorms and it's definitely not right. The climate has shifted to a warmer state," said Masters.</p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 21:12:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10207 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: A morning jog in December, courtesy of global warming NOAA: Summer 2012 third hottest on record, see how local climate has changed http://michiganradio.org/post/noaa-summer-2012-third-hottest-record-see-how-local-climate-has-changed <p>The <span class="st">National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration</span>'s National Climatic Data Center reported today that the summer of 2012 "was the third hottest summer on record for the contiguous United States since recordkeeping began in 1895."</p><p>They looked at records from June through August of 2012 (summer is technically over on the morning of September 22).</p><blockquote><p>...the average temperature for the contiguous United States between June and August was over 74° Fahrenheit, which is more than 2° F above the twentieth-century average. Only the summers of 2011 and 1936 have had higher summer temperatures for the Lower 48.</p></blockquote><p>The online weather service, the Weather Underground, has compiled data that <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/climate/">allows users to look at how their local climate has changed</a> over the years.</p><p>It also allows users to see how local the climate is expected to change in the coming years using two different <a href="http://www.wunderground.com/resources/climate/ipcc2007.asp">IPCC greenhouse gas emissions </a>models. Tue, 11 Sep 2012 18:53:40 +0000 Mark Brush 9031 at http://michiganradio.org NOAA: Summer 2012 third hottest on record, see how local climate has changed Americans less concerned about environmental problems http://michiganradio.org/post/americans-less-concerned-about-environmental-problems <p>A recent Gallup poll finds Americans are less concerned about environmental problems today than they were twelve years ago.</p><p>From <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/153875/Worry-Water-Air-Pollution-Historical-Lows.aspx">Gallup</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The trends are part of a broader decline in worry about environmental threats documented in the poll.</p><p>Gallup asked Americans to say how much they worry about each of seven environmental problems. All show significantly less worry today than in 2000, when worry was at or near its high point for each item. The declines in concern about drinking-water pollution and air pollution are the largest for the problems included in this year&#39;s poll.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s a breakdown of those concerned &quot;a great deal&quot; about the following problems:</p><p><em>Pollution of drinking water</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 72 percent</li><li>2012 - 48 percent</li></ul><p><em>Air pollution</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 59 percent</li><li>2012 - 36 percent</li></ul><p><em>Pollution of rivers, lakes, and reservoirs</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 66 percent</li><li>2012 - 48 percent</li></ul><p><em>Contamination of soil and water by toxic waste</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 64 percent</li><li>2012 - 50 percent</li></ul><p><em>The loss of tropical rain forests</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 51 percent</li><li>2012 - 37 percent</li></ul><p><em>Global warming</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 40 percent</li><li>2012 - 30 percent</li></ul><p><em>Extinction of plant and animal species</em></p><ul><li>2000 - 45 percent</li><li>2012 - 36 percent</li></ul><p>Thoughts? Is this a sign of a perceived improvement in environmental conditions? A shift in perception because a Democrat occupies the White House vs. a Republican? Or another sign of hard economic times as more people shift their worries to just making a living? Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:44:23 +0000 Mark Brush 7075 at http://michiganradio.org Americans less concerned about environmental problems UM study finds increase in global warming belief http://michiganradio.org/post/um-study-finds-increase-global-warming-belief <p>The number of Americans who believe in global warming is once again on the rise, moving from 58 percent in 2010 to 62 percent last year.</p> Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:46:19 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6710 at http://michiganradio.org UM study finds increase in global warming belief The Great Lakes - On Thin Ice? http://michiganradio.org/post/great-lakes-thin-ice <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">DULUTH, Minn. (AP) &mdash; A published report says the amount of ice covering the Great Lakes has declined about 71 percent over the past 40 years.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The report published last month by the American Meteorological Society says only about 5 percent of the Great Lakes surface froze over this year.</span></p> Sat, 10 Mar 2012 19:37:48 +0000 The Associated Press 6583 at http://michiganradio.org Storms knock out power to 125,000 in SE Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/storms-knock-out-power-125000-se-michigan <p>Michigan utility crews are working to restore power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses. &nbsp;Last night&rsquo;s storms knocked out power for 125,000 customers.</p><p>The severe thunderstorms hit the southeast corner of the state, with hail and winds up to 64 miles per hour that knocked down trees and power lines.</p><p>The storms focused on metro Detroit and Michigan&#39;s rural thumb area. DTE Energy says 95,000 homes and businesses remain without service and a few will have to wait until Tuesday to get their power back.</p> Sun, 03 Jul 2011 17:44:17 +0000 Kyle Norris 3140 at http://michiganradio.org Storms knock out power to 125,000 in SE Michigan Michigan Senator Stabenow seeks to delay EPA action on greenhouse gases http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-senator-stabenow-seeks-delay-epa-action-greenhouse-gases <p>Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow is seeking to keep the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions for two years.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.grist.org/clean-air/2011-03-31-sen-debbie-stabenow-jumps-on-climate-denial-train">Grist.org</a>, the Senator&#39;s <a href="http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2011-03-29/pdf/CREC-2011-03-29-pt1-PgS1939-2.pdf#page=2">amendment </a>has four elements:</p><ul><li>A two-year suspension of stationary source greenhouse gas regulations</li><li>Preventing any future California waiver for tailpipe greenhouse emissions</li><li>Excluding regulation of biofuel greenhouse emissions related to land-use changes, or of any greenhouse emissions from other agricultural activities</li><li>Allocating $5 billion to the Advanced Energy Project tax credit</li></ul><p>Stabenow says her amendment is aimed at protecting small businesses. A written statement from Stabenow was quoted in the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2011/03/sen_debbie_stabenow_wants_two-.html">Kalamazoo Gazette</a>:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;My amendment is a common-sense approach that allows protections from carbon pollution, determined by scientists and public health experts, to continue being developed while providing businesses the support and incentives they need as they reduce pollution, generate new clean energy technologies and create jobs.&quot; Thu, 31 Mar 2011 20:55:09 +0000 Mark Brush 1875 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Senator Stabenow seeks to delay EPA action on greenhouse gases Decline in Americans' belief in global warming http://michiganradio.org/post/decline-americans-belief-global-warming <p>For the past decade, researchers have been studying what Americans believe about climate change.</p><p>For several years, more and more of the public has agreed that climate change is taking place. But recently, the number of people who believe climate change is happening is falling.</p><p>I talked with <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=510">Barry Rabe</a>, a professor in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.</p><p>He&rsquo;s the author of a <a href="http://closup.umich.edu/policy-reports/15/climate-compared-public-opinion-on-climate-change-in-the-united-states-and-canada/">new report</a> that draws on the latest public opinion surveys.</p><p>Here&#39;s what he had to say about the report, which found fewer people believe the Earth is warming:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;We found in the United States as well as in Michigan that there appears to be an upward trajectory of this in the past decade. Do you think global temperatures are warming, independent of the question of human causation, and other questions about perceptions of global warming consistently increasing, probably peaking in late 2008.</p><p>Since that time in the United States, we&rsquo;ve seen a drop of about 18-20 percentage points on some of the very basic, standard survey questions that have been used for some time in the U.S. and really around the world.</p><p>In our latest survey which comes from November 2010, we actually see a little bit of bouncing back up again, not back to those November 2008 levels but for our purposes what this suggests is public understanding and perception of climate change is really a pretty volatile area of public opinion.</p><p>The numbers move around quite a bit from year to year, much more than we would have ever anticipated.&quot;</p></blockquote><p>He thinks one main reason why belief in global warming has dropped over the past couple years is because a lot of people are affected by the weather in their own backyards.</p><p> Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:57:11 +0000 Rebecca Williams 1458 at http://michiganradio.org Decline in Americans' belief in global warming